Current Affairs

Trump policies snag first HIV-positive gay asylum seeker.

published: May, 09, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Current Affairs, International , Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From A&U Magazine, Hank Trout reports on the case of Denis Davydov, who fled persecution in Russia only to be detained in the United States.

Trump policies snag first HIV-positive gay asylum seeker.

To read the complete article by Hank Trout, visit A&U Magazine, here. Denis Davydov, a native of Magnitogorsk, Russia, came to the United States from Moscow in September 2014 on a six-month tourist visa. He has been living and working in San Jose, California, since then, as he completes the process for obtaining political asylum in the U.S. He never suspected when he flew to the U.S. Virgin Islands on March 6, 2017, for a weeklong vacation that he would be detained at the Krome Service P

My opinion: why there is high HIV prevalence among youth in my country, Kenya

published: May, 08, 2017 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // Kimutai Kemboi, Current Affairs

We asked Kimutai Kemboi to compile what he sees as the main reasons why so many youth in Kenya are contracting the virus. Here's what he had to say.

My opinion: why there is high HIV prevalence among youth in my country, Kenya

Peer pressure As young people grow, they interact with people from different backgrounds. In that process they develop some friendly ties which in one way or another tend to bring some changes in their behavior. Some sorts of people they will be interacting with might have developed some peculiar behaviors and kids are likely to adopt them. Such behaviors would include engaging in irresponsible sexual activity, which puts them at high risk of contracting HIV and other sexual infections. Ig

Rethinking justice: seventh symposium on HIV, law and human rights

published: May, 08, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Women, Legal, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

You’re invited to join us for the day on Thursday, June 15, 2017, for Rethinking Justice, our 7th Symposium on HIV, Law and Human Rights.

Rethinking justice: seventh symposium on HIV, law and human rights

This year’s Symposium is devoted to a critical look at the unjust criminalization of HIV non-disclosure. Themes to be discussed include: Current state of criminalization: Canada and the world  Voices rising: Speaking out about the experience of HIV criminalization Science of HIV transmission: recent applications, emerging issues Advocacy updates and ways forward The full-day event will take place at the Chelsea Hotel, 33 Gerrard St. W., in Toronto. We will release

What women want – sexual and reproductive health rights

published: May, 03, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, Current Affairs, Research, Women, Sexual Health, Health, International , Living with HIV, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From AIDSmap, Greta Hughson reports on the first consolidated guideline on sexual and reproductive health and rights of women living with HIV, recently issued by the World Health Organization (WHO)

What women want – sexual and reproductive health rights

“HIV is not only driven by gender inequality, but it also entrenches gender inequality, leaving women more vulnerable to its impact. Providing sexual and reproductive health interventions for women living with HIV that are grounded in principles of gender equality and human rights can have a positive impact on their quality of life; it is also a step towards long-term improved health status and equity.”  -- WHO Consolidated guideline on sexual and reproductive health and rights of women

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for May: where to find relief while waiting for a miracle?

published: May, 01, 2017 Written by // Ed Wolf Categories // Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Ed Wolf, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Ed Wolf: "Miracles happen, over and over and over again..."

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for May: where to find relief while waiting for a miracle?

Photo by me of the home made time travel machine Day 36. Trust the street Thirty-six days since the United States got Trumped, 36-days of questions, over and over: What to do? How to hold up? When to let go? Where to push back? Who to read and who to listen to? And still the nagging question: “How did it happen?” I walk the streets, looking for answers, and come across this Time Machine. I stop. Somebody put five cents down and jumped through. Where are they now? On hold somewhere, waiti

A quarter of people taking antiretroviral therapy in Kenya have exhausted current treatment options

published: April, 28, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , African, Caribbean and Black, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Current Affairs, Health, International , Treatment, Media, Population Specific , Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From AIDSmap, Michael Carter reports: "If anything, the investigators believe their study may have under-estimated the prevalence of second-line treatment failure."

A quarter of people taking antiretroviral therapy in Kenya have exhausted current treatment options

Affordable third-line antiretrovirals are urgently needed in resource-limited settings, according to research conducted in Kenya and published in the online edition of AIDS. The study showed that a quarter of patients had exhausted current treatment options and only 18% had virus that was fully susceptible to the three main classes of anti-HIV drugs. “This study in the Kenyan national antiretroviral therapy (ART) program suggests that about 27% of patients with second-line failure are in

Campaign to Stop Unjust HIV-related Criminal Prosecutions in Ontario

published: April, 26, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Women, Legal, Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

An update from HALCO about the current state of HIV criminalization in Ontario

Campaign to Stop Unjust HIV-related Criminal Prosecutions in Ontario

People living with HIV continue to be charged with aggravated sexual assault – one of the most serious offences in Canada’s Criminal Code, designed to respond to the most horrific of forced sex acts — which carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment and designation as a sex offender. These prosecutions are happening even in circumstances where: (i) sexual behaviour is consensual; (ii) there is negligible to no risk of HIV transmission; (iii) there is no intention to transmit HIV;

HIV Stigma Index to be implemented in Canada

published: April, 21, 2017 Written by // Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Upcoming Events, Mental Health, Living with HIV, Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Ontario HIV Treatment Network: next steps will involve hosting a National Team Meeting, as well as hiring a National Project Coordinator.

HIV Stigma Index to be implemented in Canada

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) has recently awarded the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN) with funding to implement the People Living with HIV Stigma Index over the next three years. This community-led, multi-site study will be national in scope (involving B.C., Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, and Atlantic Canada) and will recruit 1,200 people living with HIV. The study will provide us with key information that will allow us to:  better understand t

CATIE joins in mourning the death of a brilliant scientist and friend – Professor Dr. Mark Wainberg

published: April, 14, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Activism, CATIE, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Current Affairs, Health, Treatment, Media, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

Those of us in Canada and around the globe who struggle to end the HIV epidemic have lost a friend, mentor and key ally.

CATIE joins in mourning the death of a brilliant scientist and friend – Professor Dr. Mark Wainberg

Dr. Mark Wainberg passed away suddenly earlier this week. He was a brilliant scientist who helped to greatly extend our understanding about HIV and how this virus can develop resistance to treatment.  Dr. Wainberg’s career was centred at McGill University where he was the Director of the McGill AIDS Centre.  He became internationally renowned for the impact that his laboratory had on HIV treatment, as well as for the global impact of his efforts to help make HIV treatment more accessible.

Canadian Association for HIV Research (CAHR) endorses Canadian consensus statement on HIV and its transmission in the context of criminal law

published: April, 11, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Conferences, Activism, Current Affairs, Legal, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Canada’s top HIV researchers urge federal, provincial and territorial governments to act now to limit the use of the criminal law in HIV non-disclosure cases.

Canadian Association for HIV Research (CAHR) endorses Canadian consensus statement on HIV and its transmission in the context of criminal law

MONTRÉAL, QC, April 6, 2017 - As the country’s premier national HIV research conference got underway, a statement released by the original signatories of the Canadian consensus statement on HIV and its transmission in the context of criminal law (2014) was endorsed by the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association for HIV Research (CAHR) at the 26th Annual Canadian Conference on HIV/AIDS, Montréal April 6–9, 2017. The original co-signatories of the Canadian consensus statement o

HIV: prosecution or prevention? HIV is not a crime

published: March, 31, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Youth, Current Affairs, Women, International , Legal, Living with HIV, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From POZ, an excerpt from Sean Strub's book, The War on Sex, edited by David M. Halperin and Trevor Hoppe.

HIV: prosecution or prevention? HIV is not a crime

This excerpt from Sean Strub's book, The War on Sex previously appeared at POZ, here. Iowan Nick Rhoades is HIV-positive and has had an undetectable viral load for many years, making it virtually impossible for him to sexually transmit the virus. When he had sex with a man he met online in 2008, he also used a condom. Despite these protective measures, Rhoades was prosecuted and convicted for not disclosing his HIV status to his partner before they had sex. He was sentenced to 25 years i

HIV’s milder cousin may be less mild than previously thought

published: March, 29, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // International AIDS Conference , Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Conferences, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Research, Health, International , Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

Gus Cairns: Seventy per cent of people with HIV-2 progress to AIDS within 20 years

HIV’s milder cousin may be less mild than previously thought

HIV-2’s virulence may have been underestimated and although progression to AIDS  and death in HIV-2 infection was slower than with HIV-1, it was the rule rather than the exception, new research from West Africa presented at last month's Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2017) indicates. HIV-2 crossed over into human beings from the sooty mangabey monkey, rather than from chimpanzees and gorillas like HIV-1. Its entry into humans probably precedes that of HIV

Just call it what it is: Trump colluded – and is colluding –with a hostile foreign power: Russia.

published: March, 28, 2017 Written by // Michael Bouldin Categories // Social Media, Activism, Current Affairs, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Michael Bouldin

Michael Bouldin in NYC: "Donald Trump is in some form we don’t know yet a Russian asset."

Just call it what it is: Trump colluded – and is colluding –with a hostile foreign power: Russia.

This is really a basic case of Occam’s Razor: why exactly is every single top administration or Trump campaign member lying about contacts to Russia before and after the election? Most likely because they have something to hide, and what might that be? Why did the now-Attorney General of the United States give false and misleading statements under oath pertaining to his interactions with Russian officials? What credible explanation is there for that? Jeff Sessions is a former Senator and

Funding update: Canadian AIDS Society says it’s time for the movement to mobilize to get more money from the Feds

published: March, 14, 2017 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

The clock is ticking as 30% of community-based HIV organizations, including CAS, are set to lose federal funding in a year’s time. Bob Leahy reports

Funding update: Canadian AIDS Society says it’s time for the movement to mobilize to get more money from the Feds

The Canadian AIDS Society (CAS) is fighting for its life. It’s not alone. It was one of many agencies whose letter of intent to apply for a renewal of funding under the Community Action Fund administered by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) was disallowed in October of last year.  As we reported in October 2016 PHAC has in the past provided funding to  community based organizations who respond to HIV  - AIDS Service Organizations (ASO’s) plus national partners like CATIE, the I

Support people with HIV: stop the cuts!

published: March, 09, 2017 Written by // Christian Dolan Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Upcoming Events, Health, International , Treatment, Opinion Pieces, Christian Dolan

The U. K.'s Christian Dolan: "There will always be those who will try to shut you down, but when you are fighting for what is right, when you are fighting for love, you do not give up."

Support people with HIV: stop the cuts!

After a lot of hard work and protesting by various organisations and individuals, with particular reference to that of the National AIDS Trust (NAT), the end of last year saw NHS England announced plans to fund PrEP for at least 10,000 people through a new trial. This of course is amazing news and worth all the hard work undertaken to get here by those involved. That was not all, there was more amazing work happening. The work of Greg Owen, someone I have had the pleasure to meet personally,

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